Vice President Kamala Harris told Navy graduates on Friday that the United States And the world is entering a “new era” after Covid-19. as she addresses topics such as climate change and cybersecurity.
“Now, Marines, we’re entering the next era,” she told graduates of the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. “A new era, a new era, with its own tests, its challenges, and its own opportunities. “
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“The global epidemic has accelerated what happened before. And it has accelerated our world into a new era,” she said. “It has influenced our perspective forever.”
Harris points to a cyber attack on the Colonial pipeline. That threatened to supply gas on the East Coast as a “warning”; for what graduates will face in their careers.
“Come to think of it, a deadly pandemic can spread across the world in just a few months. A group of hackers managed to disrupt the entire coastal fuel supply. One country’s carbon emissions can threaten the sustainability of the entire world,” she said.
She goes on to explain that climate change is a “A real threat to national security”
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“And I look at you and I know that you are one of the experts who will guide and mitigate this threat. You are a marine engineer who will help guide ships through thinner ice,” she said. “You are a mechanical engineer who will help reinforce a sunken base. You are an electrical engineer who will help convert solar and wind energy into energy. Convert solar and wind energy into fighting energy.”
Most of the 1,084 graduates are assigned to officers in the Navy and Marine Corps, including the 784 Navy Flag and 274 Marines as Second Lieutenant.
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The ceremony was held in person at the Navy-Marine Corps Arena in Annapolis. Last year it was actually held due to preventive measures related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Harris became the first woman to give a keynote at the ceremony. The academy also had the first black female brigade commander. representing more than 4,000 sailors
The Associated Press contributed to this report.